Magnificent Molas: The Art of the Kuna Indians

Magnificent Molas: The Art of the Kuna Indians

by Michel Perrin
     
 

This sumptuous new book reveals more than 300 fabric "paintings" made and worn by the women of the Kuna, a tribe of indians that live on the coral islands off Panama's Atlantic coast. Lively, varied, original and full of humor, Mola art has an astonishing relationship with tradition but in many ways looks contemporary and is prized by museums and private collectors…  See more details below

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This sumptuous new book reveals more than 300 fabric "paintings" made and worn by the women of the Kuna, a tribe of indians that live on the coral islands off Panama's Atlantic coast. Lively, varied, original and full of humor, Mola art has an astonishing relationship with tradition but in many ways looks contemporary and is prized by museums and private collectors throughout the world. The lavish images reveal the setting, lifestyle, gestures and beauty of the Kuna women practising their art. French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss has praised Michel Perrin's brilliant demonstration of the links between Mola textile art and Kuna ritual and body decoration. Perrin depicts the significant events that took place during his field research and shares with us his discussions with the Kuna women and their opinions about techniques and aesthetics. The book also includes excerpts from myths and traditional accounts about the rituals, animals, plants, and objects that have stimulated the imagination and inspired the Kuna women to create these magnificent designs. 316 color illustrations

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Editorial Reviews

Donna Martin
The text is very informative but the real lessons are in the images. Close to three hundred color photographs of molas vibrate from the pages. For the textile lover, it is a dream come true when an image is large enough for the technique to be understood.
Handwoven

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782080136749
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
11.40(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.83(d)

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